A new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (ATP) has found that the largest dairy companies in the world have the same combined greenhouse gas emissions as Florida. Large dairy farms are notorious for their emissions, as well as their impact on smaller farms.

Florida has the third-largest population in the United States, to put the emissions into perspective. Despite the waning business operations of dairy farms and following the Paris Climate agreement in 2015, dairy farms have increased emissions by 11%. Over 90% of dairy emissions are produced by cows, in the form of methane. Plant-based milk has much lower emissions than dairy milk.

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Michael Webermann, US Director of ProVeg International said in an emailed statement, “This report brings to light the true environmental cost of dairy, which is far from the innocent by-product so many people believe it to be. On the contrary, the dairy industry is highly destructive. Unlike the fossil fuel industry, there is currently very little scrutiny to hold global dairy companies to account for their emissions, and very few companies are even reporting their emissions, which is a major problem. If we want to make real progress on climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions, we need to take swift action to curb the emissions from dairy as well as meat. The USDA must overhaul the subsidy and bailout system that continues to perpetuate an environmentally destructive model of agriculture.”

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